Linked by snydeq on Wed 6th Jan 2010 20:08 UTC
Google InfoWorld's Galen Gruman writes that the main potential game-changing attribute of the Nexus One - that Google is selling the device direct - does nothing to move the industry past carrier lock-in. "At first, I wanted to credit Google for making a tentative step in the direction of smartphone freedom. But that step is so tentative and ineffectual that frankly I think it's a cynical fig leaf covering the usual practices," Gruman writes. At issue is a political battle regarding walled gardens in the U.S. cellular market, a fight that will take years to result in any true consumer freedom. "The only way we'll ever get the ability to choose a smartphone and carrier independently is for the platform providers that count - Apple, Google, and RIM - to first develop only multiband 'world' smartphones and then refuse to sell their devices (or in Google's case, use its Android license to forbid the sale of devices) to carriers that block or interfere with device portability."
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who the hell started such a stupid screwed up system like that? If I ever did move to the US the one thing I wouldn't be getting is a mobile phone if I am forced to pay for every jack ass who sends me a text message or rings me up!

The system comes from ye old cellular network in the 80's when wireless data transmission was very expensive so they charged whenever the cell was in use.

The US system has been more of an innovative wild west while other countries have been able to design their systems around our experiences.

You only get screwed if you have a plan that isn't designed around your habits. For example send a thousand texts without getting the $5 a month unlimited texting.

As a percentage of living costs the cell phone bill isn't much. Most of the day labor Mexicans have cell phones.

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